Banzai!! Japan

Lights…Camera…Action!! Japan is a bustling adventure. Whether your walking around in the malls or on the street, or going out to eat, you’ll see that there’s no such thing as a dull moment. The daytime is nice and relaxing…except the humidity can take a toll on you if you’re carrying bags and bags of luggage. Tons of people going to work or to school and practically no shops open until 10 or 11 am, so its better to just go out for a run in the morning to whatever shop you want to eat at until the store opens.

But the greatest commotion about Japan, especially Tokyo, is the night life where everyone gets off work, school, or just out of the sun in general. The streets are packed full of people and the shops are busy, busy, busy. The most interesting part of Japan and perhaps the best part is CLEANLINESS. You can walk on the streets without a single drop of garbage on the street (unlike the U.S. >.<) and manners automatically come and go.

Hospitality is Japan’s greatest feature and the only bad part about Japan is the non-English friendly speaking environment and the expensive food, but other than that, everything else was subarashii!!! Kama will never forget the two ladies screaming “No English!” and forcing us out into the morning cold (and we haven’t even said a word).

From Ikebukuro otherwise known as Sunshine City, we explored the night life of the malls and street shops all the way to the edge of the city. There was an underground mall about 3 floors beneath the city that stretched from the east side to the west side of the entire city. Sunshine City was also packed full of Ramen Bars although, we didn’t get to try a whole lot for ourselves, but we got the idea–they all tasted the same.

Japan is an expensive place, just taking the subway is expensive because it’s probably the easiest form of transportation. The food there is in small quantities which is suppose to be healthy for everyone since they’re easily consumable. There’s a McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, and even Wendy’s. Food is similar in the U.S. and about the same price. One of the most cheapest places in Japan was Harajuku, where all the trends begin and the classy ends. The most noticeable thing about Japan was their Vending Machines, which you can find in almost every corner of any street. They sell drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), food (hot and cold) and cigarettes (see pictures)

After Tokyo we visited Kyoto, which was quite a contrasty city comparing to Tokyo (old shrines, buildings and temples vs high-tech buildings with a lot of noise and lights). We spent the time feeding monkeys, hunting geishas (just joking), freeing dolphins in the Aquarium, and finally taking a dip in Spa World.

Kyoto is famous for its temples and we managed to visit a few of them – including the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) and Sanjusangendo (which holds more than 1000 different statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy). We spent some time in the Gion district, famous for the geishas and shops where we bought plentiful of clothes (and now we have to carry it!)

Now we are off to Philippines again – diving and snorkeling, this time with Nang!

And few videos from Japan for your entertainment (more to come)